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The incredible scene in Dawlish, Devon where a 50ft section of ground supporting a railway line has been washed awayHeavy rain and gale force winds continued to batter large swathes of the south of Britain on Thursday morning, leaving many areas at risk of further flooding.

Two new turbulent weather systems were expected to bring high winds and rain in their wake, as the Met Office warned that a fresh wave of heavy rain would hit southern England and Wales from around 6am today.

Up to 1.6ins (40mm) of rain is predicted to fall in the south coast today, where many areas are already drenched from recent storms and floods.

And there is fresh misery for people living in the Somerset Levels, where two severe flood warnings remain in place signifying a danger to life.

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